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Charles Hardy WV8CH
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              August 2014 Report

SM: Charles Hardy, WV8CH; ASM: K8WV; ACC: N8NH;

  Please come out and support your Amateur Radio counsel. All WV AMATEURS are members of the WVSARC – come to the meeting and support the ARRL WV Convention. The next meeting is scheduled for the 11th of October 2014 during the Parkersburg Ham fest. It will be at 11:00 am so please come out and support your counsel.

ALL AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS CAN KEEP UP TO DATE on activities and actions in the amateur community, visit .  Lots of drop boxes – enjoy surfing and searching the site.  Support ARRL in WV – join.

  Many of you have worked very hard to keep your clubs active and assisted during severe weather events, and of course, participated in the Hamfests throughout the years.  Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.


WV AMATEUR RADIO CLUBs –Thanks to the several clubs for updating the WVSARC Club list.   Should you have an Amateur Radio Club you would like to list, just visit and click on the Add or Edit your Club Link
Charles Hardy, WV8CH, ARRL WV STM, Net Manager for the WV ARES®/RACES Emergency Net will be accepting volunteers for the 2014 monthly Net Control positions – The Net Control position would take about ½ hour one evening a month (1st  Thursday following the 6:00 PM Fone Net on 3810). Should you be interested in becoming a Net Control, contact 
Dan Ringer, K8WV, ARRL WV Section ASM:
Should you have a question related to amateur radio and ARRL, just contact Dan at

Keith Richmond, W8KER, ARRL WV Section OOC:
WV OO August activity – Three (3) OO’s reporting and a total of 112 hours monitoring and one (1) notice sent. If you are Interested in becoming an OO you may contact Keith at

Bill Hunter, K8BS, ARRL WV Section SGL:
State Government Liaison providing support with the State OES.


Dirk Burnside, WD8PAD, ARRL WV STM:
Should you have a technical problem, just contact Dirk for assistance at
ARRL ACTIVITIES: The ARRL letter will be posted each Friday.
ARRL Letter  also available on Audio News 
W1AW General, DX, Keplerian, Propagation Bulletins
W1AW   Schedule
Visit the  website for ARES® and related information.
FEMA online independent study course that presents the concepts of Emergency
Support Function #2-Communications Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
Database – Is your MAILING ADDRESS AND NAME current in the FCC database

There seems to be an influx of new “Hams and Upgrades”, see lists below.  Please try to Elmer and support those new to the “hobby”.

WV NEW AMATEURS for August 2014 "Welcome To " Robert W Mc Kinney, KD8ZIM; Rex E Crouser, KD8ZGN; Donald Sheehan, KD8ZIS; Michael S Rampley, KD8ZHN; Ryan A Snyder, KD8ZHL; Dustin G Rhodes, KD8ZHM; Theodore C Martin, KD8ZGO; Michael L Gent, KD8ZIN; Heather D Frazier, KD8ZGM; Michelle L Lipslomb, KD8ZGX; and Anthony A Svingos, KD8ZJQ.                                   

 WV Amateur Upgrades for July 2014 "CONGRATULATIONS TO" Michael W Householder, KD8TGK;   

Be sure to Congratulate them the next time you see them or hear them on the air. 

WV ARRL MEMBER (New/Renew) –July 2014 – “WELCOME TO"   Jason R Smedberg, KI4HHW; Edwin H Dashiell, K8WXI; Thomas G Raines, KD8YMN; Eric Mynes, K8OHZ; Gerald W Sizemore, WD8SEN; Dwight D Porter, W8WDT; Timothy L Greene, N8UHG; Harold F Mellott, KD8ZFA; Joseph D Rice, KD8YVB; Michael E Cavender, N8NKN; Scott M Chichester, KD8YNC; Shawn R Staats, KD8YJR;  Steven M Johnson, KB8TCB; Sam J Brunetti, KB8IKX; Stanley Talago, W8PRM; James Sevcik; and Richard P Byers, KD8YXY.


Matt Gregg,KD8OMT ARRL WV Section Emergency Coordinator: July 2014 Report See ARES® Reports below. Interested in public service and emergency communications, join the ARRL and subscribe to the ARES® E-Letter at and for NON-members

Total number of ARES members:  113   Change since last month:

Number of drills, tests and training sessions reported this month: 16  Person hours  108

Number of public service events reported this month: 1   Person hours 2

Number of emergency operations reported this month: 1  Person hours 45

Number of ARES operations reported this Month:  18  Total Person hours  155

WV SEC Matt Gregg  I have sent out emails to the folks who hold the Emergency Coordinator spot that has not sent in reports in some time. I am giving folks a few days to report back to me. If I don't hear back from them via email or phone call I will send letter via USPS to them to get them reporting. We have several openings in the state for Emergency Coordinators and I am looking for volunteers for those counties.

  • Mason County – Traveled to Charleston WV to Metro 911 for a meeting with NWS Charleston for a meeting on a ham/Skywarn spotter net they would like to bring on. Started working with NBEMS and 2 meter FM Digital Modes. Mason County will start a new net on Monday's at 8:30pm on 144.910 simplex – FM using the Digital Mode OLIVIA. Still working on getting the UHF repeater up. Hopefully by the end of August we will be using it.
  • Marshall County P.A/ N.B.E.M.S. with Western Pa. Every Sunday for the Month of July N.Y. / N.B.E.M.S. Every Saturday. Don’t forget the WV state Convention at Jackson’s Mill August 23rd !!!! Hope to see you there!!!.
  • Morgan County: Another quite month.
  • Wood County - Terry Mills, KC8TUE, EC Wood County, reported that on July 1st, WCEC and Wood County ARES held their monthly business meeting at the Lubeck Civic Center. Old Business was handled along with their Field Day Report. Items of new business were handled and discussions on the Parkersburg Homecoming BINGO and the Parkersburg Half Marathon. Terry said the group has ordered the radios for the grand prizes at the Ham fest which will be held on October 11th. There will be an HF rig, 2M mobile, and a 2M/440 HT. The group is ramping up the plans for the Ham fest early to make sure everything comes together smoothly. website. There were 18 ARES members present. On July 8th, WCEC and Wood County ARES brought up the weather net at 1330 due to a severe thunderstorm warning issued for the area. Extremely high gusts of wind and heavy sheeting rain were reported. Reports of trees down and power outages were relayed. Possible rotation was reported by NWS but none had witnessed it in their immediate area. There were 8 ARES members participating. On July 22nd, Terry attended the Ritchie County LEPC meeting at the E-911 Center in Pennsboro, WV. A guest from Noble Petroleum spoke on the safety issues of the fracking industry. Also, a trooper from WVSP discussed several issues on his agenda. There were 7 ARES members present. On July 24th, He attended the Pleasants County LEPC meeting in St Mary's, WV. The main topic there was the new tank registration that will be required as part of each counties THIRA Plan. This will include all water, gas or oil tanks. Each tank in a given county will have to be registered, numbered inspected and maintained for inclusion to the DHS THIRA plan for the county. There were 5 ARES members present. On July 26th, WCEC and Wood County ARES held a soldering class at the MOV Health Department in Parkersburg. Ken (WA8LLM) instructed the class and focused on soldering for beginners as their have been quite a few new hams coming up in the ranks. There were different materials and soldering systems for everyone to try, from basic wire joining to circuit boards and gas, electric, and battery powered soldering devices. The class started at 9am and lasted until 1pm. Ken gave tips and answered all questions on the subjects. There were 10 ARES members present. On July 29th, Terry attended the Pleasants County Board of education meeting. Topics on speed limits at the new Pleasants County High School, and the BRIM inspections were discussed. The tank registration program for THIRA was discussed at that meeting also. There were 3 ARES members present.
  • Pleasants County - Ken Harris, WA8LLM, DEC District 3,said that along with the activities and meetings that Terry Mills, KC8TUE, reported in his EC Report, that he also attended the Washington County, Ohio LEPC meeting on July 9th.
  • Jefferson County: Weekly Net held on 147.255 Repeater. Monthly Net check-ins at the Jefferson County EOC to check equipment. WV FONE net and ARES net were contacted. Eastern Panhandle ARES net was also contacted. Jefferson County Medical Center ARES MOU exercised. Red Cross ARES MOU exercised. Opequon Radio Society held a testing session. On Tuesday, July 1st the WV Region III of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management held a Functional Exercise named "Cold as Ice" in Augusta, WV. Jefferson County & Berkeley County ARES were represented. Capabilities being tested included EOC Activation, Public Information, Hospital Decontamination, & Mass Care among others. On Wednesday, July 29th at St Joseph's School the local Red Cross hosted a Fundamentals of Sheltering training session and exercise. Jefferson County ARES was represented as a component of the shelter.
  • Boone County - Nothing new to report. 
  • Brooke County: Brooke County EMA director, Bob Fowler, held a CERT meeting on 09-July- 14. The meeting topic was about blood hounds, cadaver and other types of tracking dogs. Also discussed was Brooke County's Project Lifesaver. Basically, it is a radio tracking system for individuals with Alzheimer's Disease, Autism, Down Syndrome, etc. The various dog handlers or other trackers said they would love to have a GPS equipped radio operator shadow them for the entire search. This would allow the various trackers to concentrate on watching their dog's actions and movements while locating the missing individual(s) and the radio operator could handle the majority of communications for the tracking team. This meeting was cut short when most of the staff was called out for a raging house fire.  Our next scheduled CERT meeting is on Wednesday, 13-August-2014.
  • Fayette County: Nothing new to report.
  • Barbour County: Last of month had 1 emergency with a Tornado Warning with a  possible Tornado on the ground. Spent 2 hrs. using Nixle and monitoring radio. Luckily I didn't have to activate. Also trying to find if we will be needed for Barbour County fair. Total time spent this month 2.5 hrs. We didn't have a club meeting just a get together every Saturday with an average of 3 attending. 
  • Hancock County- Nothing new to report.
  • Raleigh County- Nothing new to report. 


Charles Hardy, WV8CH, ARRL WV STM: July 2014 
See the ARRL WV Section NTS Net Reports, the Station Activity Reports (SAR) and the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) reports below. 

HF Nets Reporting Stations Traffic Time Minutes Sessions Net Manager 

WV Fone Net            632        117       247                31       W8YS                          WV Midday Net        432          38        413               31        W3GEG     WVCW Net Early       88         29         227               31        KD8G                                  WV CW Net Late        45         17        123              26        KD8G                           WV ARES®                0            0           0                  0        WV8CH             Total                1197       201       1010           119

 ARES®2 Meter Nets          Stations  Traffic Time Minute Sessions                District 6 ARES®                    48            1           51                 4                                                 Total                                       48             1           51                 4

2 Meter Nets               Stations Traffic TimeMinutes sessions         

BDARC  Net                       63        1             185            9                                           

                  Total                 63         1            185            9          

               Station Activity Report  (SAR) –July 2014 

Station           Orig   Rec   Sent    Del  Total                                                 KA8ZGY         30     18      28       12      88                                                   W8CPG           3      22       3         0       28                                           WD8DHC         0       4      16         0       20                                                      WV8CH            1    100     41         7     149

Total:             34     144     88       19     285                                


                  Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) -July 2014

Station                       1       2       3       4       5       6       Total                  KA8ZGY                 27     40      20      20      0      20       127       W8CPG                  40     28      20       0       0       0         88 WD8DHC               40     20      10       0       0       0         70                   WV8CH                  40     40      20      15      0      10       125                         Stations  = 4         147   128      70      35      0      30       410  ====================================================
Jeff Wood, N8NH, ARRL WV Section ACC
If you have any questions about clubs in your area please feel free to contact me at   73  Jeffrey Woods N8NH.
ARRL Affiliated Clubs –
Visit the ARRL Club site www.arrl/org
 to update your clubs ANNUAL REPORT.

ARRL Affiliated Clubs – Visit the ARRL Club site to update or

WV Clubs - Visit the ARRL Club site to become an ARRL Affiliated Club. 
ARRL VE Testing – Visit the ARRL Exams site for testing


***Please visit the West Virginia State Amateur Radio Council (WVSARC)
website at  and update your
club/organization information and email address.    All WV Amateur Clubs
 are asked to register on the site...
*** Check out the above list of “New”, Upgrade WV Amateurs and ARRL
members for your club to contact as perspective members.
*** WV Club Newsletters – Does your club have a newsletter – please
send hardcopy or by email.

Should you need an update to the listing below, contact:

64 Repeater Group     Dwight D. Hensley, N8HZ, Barboursville, WV

Barbour County Area Amateur Radio Club

Black Diamond ARC /wv8bd/

Charleston Ham fest and Computer Show

Doddridge County Amateur Radio Society

East River Radio Club

Eastern Panhandle ARC

Jackson County ARC

Jefferson County Amateur Radio Club

Kanawha Amateur Radio Club

Logan County ARC 

Mon County Amateur Radio Club 

Monongalia Wireless Assn.

Mountain State Transmitters     Jeffrey A. Broschart, KC8OBS

Mountaineer ARA (contract Joe Radcliff, WD8EOG)

Opequon Radio Society

Parkersburg Amateur Radio Klub

Plateau Amateur Radio Assn

Ritchie Amateur Group

Southern WV ARA, Inc

Stonewall Jackson ARA

Tri-County Ham Radio Club 

Tri-State Amateur Radio Assn.  

West Virginia Amateur Radio

West Virginia DX Assn.                            

West Virginia University ARC

WV State Amateur Radio Council

WV Wesley College ARC


WV HF Nets Name                 Day(s)   Time (local)   Freq. (MHz)    Mgr.

West Virginia CW Early Net    Daily        1900              3.567          KD8G

West Virginia Fone Net              Daily     1800              3.810          W8YS

West Virginia CW Late Net     Daily         2200             3.567          KD8G

WV ARES/RACES Emg.Net  1stThurs .   1830            3.810       WV8CH

West Virginia Mid Day Net      Daily        1145     7.235 / 3.810      W3GEG

Triple States ARES CW Net     Wed.        1846            28.480         KF8RL

TSARC 10 meter Phone Net     Wed.        1930            28.480        N8FQN

TSARC 40 meter Net                Wed.        2000             7.260         K8UGO


WV VHF Nets    Day(s)  Time       Freq. (MHz)        Coverage         Mgr.

8 Rivers ARC      Tu       2100    145.110 T107.2   Pocah. Co. +   KC8CSE

BDARC             Fr/Tu    2100      145.370 T 100.0 Raleigh Co. +  kb8que 

Barbour Co ARES  Th   2100    145.140-           Barbour Co.     KC8MLK

Cabell Co ARES    M       2030  146.760-/443.850 Hunt/KY/OH   KB8LSR

Eastern Pan.Trfi M-F     1845     147.255+    Morg/Berk/Jeff.Co. KB8NDS

Fayette Co. ARES®  2,4 Th  2030     146.790-   Fayette.Co +     WV8CH

Gilmer Co.  ARES®     Th       1900     145.290-   Central WV      KA8ZXP

Harrison Co. ARES®  Th       1900     146.685- North Central WV      WJ8G

Jefferson Co ARES®  Su    2030     147.255+        Jefferson Co.

KARC 2mtr        Su       2030    145.350-      Kanawha Co. +       N8TMW

MountainStateFM  Sat   2100   145.370        Tucker Co./adj.      KD8HJN

Northern WV ARES®  W      2030     145.300-      Northern WV         KB8QIR

Ohio Co ARES®   Su      2000     146.760-       Ohio Co.                KC8CR

Pendleton Co ARES®/R Th   1900      147.285+   Eastern WV      N8HON

PioneerARA2mtr T      1900      146.835-      Central WV         KB8EUN

PlateauARA2mtr  Su    2100     146.790-       Fayette.Co +       WV8CH

Steuben.Weirton   Su    2000     147.060+    North WV/E OH     W8DYF

SWJARC 2mtr     T      1900      147.210+    North Central WV N8FMD

TSARC News Net F     2000      146.910-     North. Panhdl.          K8AN

TSARC Skywarn  T     1915      146.910-     North. Panhdl     WD8PQG

Tyler Co ARES® Org. M    2100      147.360+    Tyler Co. +     KB8TIV

Wayne Co ARES  M    2100      147.390+    Louisa,KY/WV   KC8ICK

WV East Reg ARES®S M   2000       147.255+  Morg/Berk/Jeff.Co. K8WXI

Michael Erwin, KD8MRU, ARRL WV Section PIC:
Please contact Michael at  should you have questions related to Public Information processes and/or  advertising upcoming events.

08/23/2014 | West Virginia State Convention

Location: Weston, WV
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: West Virginia State Amateur Radio Council (WVSARC)

10/11/2014 | Parkersburg/Wood County Hamfest

Location: Mineral Wells, WV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Wood County Emergency Communications



 ARRL West Virginia Section
Section Manager: Mr. Charles L Hardy Jr, WV8CH


West Virginia Officials